Palm Sunday Services

Holy Communion at 8 am with distribution of Palms Liturgy of the Palms followed by Choral Eucharist at 10:30 am The service begins as all gather at the doors of…

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Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus and his disciples: the first Holy Communion. The word “Maundy” derives from the Latin word for commandment, mandatum. After Jesus washed the disciples…

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Good Friday Services

Good Friday is that day in the church calendar when we remember the crucifixion of Jesus. The word “Good” here is used in the older sense of “holy”. In contrast to…

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Easter Services at St. Thomas’

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Four Services on Easter Sunday Easter at St. Thomas’ begins at 6:30 am in silence and darkness as we gather outside at the entrance to the church. The rector kindles the Easter fire, and lights the Paschal candle from it. Then, led by the Deacon, all process into the church as the Exsultet is sung. The great prophecies of the Resurrection are read, and psalms are sung. The congregation renews their baptismal vows, the Altar candles are lit from the Paschal candle and the Resurrection is proclaimed: Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!” and a Great Noise is made. The first Easter service of Holy Communion follows. Music includes: Exsultate Deo, Giovanni de Palestrina (1525–1594) Ave, Verum Corpus, William Byrd (c. 1540–1623) Incantation pour un Jour Saint, organ postlude by Jean Langlais (1907–1991) At 8:00 am, we offer a service of Holy Communion and Sermon. The service will be accompanied by organ and the congregation will sing some of the great Easter hymns. At 10:00 am is our Choral Matins (Morning Prayer) service with sermon and will feature the “Collegium…